FuelsEurope position paper on REACH and the Refining industry
The Petroleum Refining Industry is a key sector for the EU, fuelling more than 90% of transport and supplying vital products for many other areas of the economy. 140,000 people are directly employed on its sites and 600,000 more are involved with the distribution and sale of products, plus many more induced and indirect jobs. Beyond transport fuels, petroleum products are used as feedstocks for further downstream processes that contribute to a wide range of products that we use in our everyday lives. Additionally, it is very hard to replace such products and their feedstocks with valuable and sustainable alternatives.